As winter break approaches, students are making sock snowmen and reindeer paintings in art class as teachers are preparing for the mountain of grading that marks the end of the semester. The short days are being crowned with holiday lights as falling snow delights the children. Most students are gleefully anticipating winter break because, for them, winter break means spending days at their grandparents’ house watching Netflix in their pajamas.
For some students, however, the approach of winter break provokes anxious thoughts that gnaw at their stomachs which turn into hunger pains once break starts. For students who are deemed food insecure, their most substantial meal of the day comes from their school’s free or reduced school lunch program - a program to which they do not have access during school breaks.
As a mission-driven organization, BoardShare strongly supports helping improve education outcomes for students across the United States. Well-fed children are a vital prerequisite for our goal, so we are encouraging everyone to extend the holiday giving spirit to food insecure children.
During this season of giving, everyone can help in different ways, whether it is by cooking a meal for a neighbor in need, helping the local food pantry, or donating to an organization that combats food insecurity among school-aged children.